buffalo grass


: a low-growing perennial grass (Buchloë dactyloides) native to the Great Plains that has curly grayish-green leaves
also : grama

Examples of buffalo grass in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Violence and wanton cruelty are as commonplace as shimmering fields of buffalo grass among the land-grubbing settlers, nefarious opportunists and Indigenous loners who populate the region. Lorraine Ali, Los Angeles Times, 11 Nov. 2022 Rosmarino calls my attention to our feet, which stand on a dense mat of blue-green buffalo grass. Julia Rosen, The Atlantic, 25 July 2022 Replace your lawn with buffalo grass (Buchloe dactyloides), blue grama grass (Bouteloua gracilis), or purple three-awn grass (Aristida purpurea). Nan Sterman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 June 2022 About 90% of SoCal lawns are planted with deep-green fescue grass, Baird says, but warm-season grasses such as Bermuda or buffalo grass need about 20% less water to stay green in hot, dry conditions. Los Angeles Times, 11 Jan. 2022 Meantime, attention surrounding the skirmish provided the Sioux with foundation backing to develop a wind farm in Porcupine Hills, an area of scrub oak and buffalo grass with cattle ranches. The Salt Lake Tribune, 26 June 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1784, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of buffalo grass was in 1784

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“Buffalo grass.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/buffalo%20grass. Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition

buffalo grass

: a low-growing grass native to the Great Plains

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